Gameloft's Star Battalion is a clichéd tale of good versus evil that
is set in the distant future where a brutal civil war has broken out
between the Republic and the Resistance. In the game you play as Sonan Firehawk, a resistance fighter who has been drawn into this
deadly battle and with your skills, you will hopefully change the
tide of war.
Story wise, Star Battalion is a little lacklustre and not that
original. However, the game is reminiscent of titles such as Wing
Commander and Starfox.
Given that, Star Battalion puts the player in control a futuristic
space craft as they take on a variety of enemies who want you dead.
At its core, Star Battalion is an action 3D space shooter that
takes place in space and amazing alien worlds as you blow your
enemies to Kingdom Come.
The menu of Star Battalion offers players a choice of options that
include Campaign, Multiplayer, Options, Achievements and
Leaderboards. However were the most fun is to be found is in the
campaign mode that requires the player to complete 18 missions, each
with various objectives and goals. Multiplayer is also quite fun but
we'll get to that a little later.
Before embarking on your campaign, you first need to select your
ship and as you progress, there are additional ships at your
disposal, each with their pros and cons that generally revolve
around power, shield and speed. The first mission in Star Battalion acts
as a tutorial mode which teaches you the basics of the title as you
are required to manoeuvre your craft, shoot your weapons and
complete a set number of objectives like destroying satellites.
the Xperia Play, the d-pad or the touch pads are used to navigate
your ship, with the square button used to slow down your craft and
triangle to accelerate. You can even do barrel rolls by pressing
either of the shoulder buttons. By pressing them simultaneously, it
forces your craft to do a u-turn. There will be plenty of dog fights
and crazy manoeuvres through caves and asteroids (ala Star Wars)
which is why you need such tight controls. Finally you have the select button
which allows you to play the game from cockpit view which
surprisingly work well. You also have a
primary (X) and a secondary weapon (Circle) such as lasers and
Even though you have some wingmen along for the ride, the majority
of the missions is once again up to the player to complete. Your
wingmen usually get in your way but they do help with the chatter.
Combat ranges from easy to medium in difficulty and as you progress,
things become considerably tougher. If you are finding the auto-lock
too easy, you can disable this in the settings. Overall, the
campaign mode works quite well and most players will definitely
finish title because of all the action to be found.
campaign, the game even contains a multiplayer mode via WiFi or
Gameloft Live. It's actually quite fun playing against real players
as opposed to the sometimes mindless enemy drones from the campaign
model. Add in leaderboards for those players that like to boast and
Gameloft have created a decent game that will enjoyed by most lovers
of this genre.
Graphics & Audio
Graphically, Star Battalion is visually a very impressive game on
the Xperia Play with next-generation graphics. From wondrous alien
worlds to realistic lighting and some awesomely designed ships,
Gameloft have once again shown why they are the forerunners in
mobile phone gaming. There are also 5 different alien worlds that
you visit with some great attention to detail on these strange
looking environments. The space levels look amazing as do the
Hollywood like huge explosions.
Musically, Star Battalion features an action orientated soundtrack
that for me, became way too repetitive and a little annoying. Voice
acting for a mobile game was actually quite professional, accept for
your wing men who generally moan and whine too much. Nonetheless,
the gameplay, graphics and audio comes together perfectly in Star
Although the story of Star Battalion is a little ho-hum, the
gameplay works remarkably well on the Xperia Play. This title is
almost a console grade 3D space shooter that contains excellent
controls, amazing graphics that in turn create a rather memorable